Jay Cutler's antics questioned

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Even after Chicago’s Jay Cutler posted his third-highest career passer rating in Monday’s 34-18 victory over Dallas, a lot of the postgame attention was again focused on Cutler’s sideline behavior.

Cutler, at one point, sat down on the bench after he’d obviously been irritated by confusion on the field regarding a play call the previous series. When offensive coordinator Mike Tice sat down next to him and began talking, Cutler stood up and walked away.

“I don’t have to sit by him the whole game, do I?” Cutler said afterward.

Told it appeared he’d snubbed his coach, Cutler said, “Just because I walk off and go and get water it doesn’t mean much.”

Two weeks ago, Cutler shoved left tackle J’Marcus Webb following some shoddy blocking, and after that 23-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers he criticized the play of the team but indicated his own play had been both good and bad.

STEELERS: Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that both safety Troy Polamalu and linebacker James Harrison are expected to play Sunday when the Steelers host the Eagles.

Polamalu has missed two consecutive games with a strained right calf, while Harrison hasn’t played this season after undergoing knee surgery in August.

Both players returned to practice Monday.

SAINTS: With Drew Brees in position to break Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas’ record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass, Unitas’ son has sent words of encouragement to the Saints quarterback.

A letter from Joe Unitas, which the Saints posted on a team Web site, congratulates Brees for tying the record of 47 consecutive games last weekend in Green Bay.

Unitas calls Brees “a role model for today’s youth, a family man, and a humanitarian who cares for his community,” adding that his father held those ideals above records. He died in 2002.

RAIDERS: Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was back at practice for the first time since being hospitalized by a helmet-to-helmet hit as the Oakland Raiders worked on fixing their problems during the bye week.

Heyward-Bey took part in individual drills Tuesday as the Raiders (1-3) held their first of two practices this week before getting four days off for the bye.

DOLPHINS: Receiver Jabar Gaffney has signed with Miami, which terminated the contract of receiver Legedu Naanee.

Gaffney, 31, had the best season of his career last year with Washington, then signed with the New England Patriots and was released at the end of training camp.


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